The 6 Most Curious Announcements from Theme Parks This Month (May 2015)By Amanda Kondolojy, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 05:11
May brings a number of exciting developments to theme parks around the US, including the announcement of the opening date for Twisted Colossus at Six Flag Magic Mountain, confirmation of some amazing new developments at Tokyo Disneyland Resort and even the announcement of an Avatar-themed touring attraction that will debut more than a year before Pandora: The World of Avatar is set to open.
1. Frozen land confirmed for Tokyo DisneySea
Though Epcot will open its new Frozen ride in the heart of its Norway pavilion in 2016, it looks like Tokyo DisneySea will be getting its own Frozen-themed area just one year later in 2017. The new port will be themed to Scandinavia, and will be located south of the Lost Delta port. Though some preliminary plans for the area have been released (including the above concept art), individual attractions for Scandinavia have not been announced yet. However, Elsa's ice castle as well as Arendelle's royal castle are both clearly visible in the art.
2. New Fantasyland expansion detailed for Tokyo Disneyland
Though we’ve known about proposed plans to expand the Fantasyland section of Tokyo Disneyland for awhile, this month brought some new details about this expansion. First up, the expanded Fantasyland will be double its current size when completed, with all-new areas dedicated to Beauty and the Beast (above) and Alice in Wonderland (below). We also got confirmation this month that some of the expansion will run over into what is currently Tomorrowland.
3. SkyPlex developers eye 350-room on-site hotel
Though construction has not even begun yet on the $460 million Orlando Skyplex project, the developers behind this massive attraction have announced that they are looking to add a 350-room hotel to the overall complex. In case you forgot, this massive undertaking already includes the record-breaking Skyscraper roller coaster, a drop tower affixed to said coaster and a shopping and dining complex (which will house, among other things, the world’s largest Perkins restaurant). The hotel add-on has yet to be approved by local government officials, and it may be several months before we get official word as to whether this new component of the SkyPlex project will go forward.